On Thursday, Google held an event in Brooklyn, New York to unveil revamped Pixel phones, along with the Pixel Watch, which was mentioned at the search giant’s developer conference in May. There was also a glimpse of a Pixel tablet due next year.
The Pixel 7 Pro ($899) and Pixel 7 ($599) both use Google’s new eight-core Tensor G2 processor and run Android 13. In theory, these phones can last half a decade before the increased load long to be operated with the standard concern level of hardware support expiry begins – Google has committed to five years of security updates instead of the usual three. Google’s Stadia made it just three years before it was shut down, so that’s 1.7 stadia of security fixes.
“With Tensor G2, our phones and tablets can do so much more, and we’ve added a next-generation on-device TPU to keep pace with our rapidly evolving machine learning research,” said Rick Osterloh, Senior Veep of Devices and Services at Google, at the event.
The G2 is said to be able to perform machine learning tasks 60 percent faster and 20 percent more efficiently than previous hardware. The Samsung-made 4nm processor has two Arm Cortex-X1 CPU cores clocked at 2.85GHz, two Cortex-A78 clocked at 2.35GHz – which provide the momentum – and four Cortex-A55 clocked at 1.8 GHz to run normal and background tasks. There’s an Arm Mali-G710 MP7 GPU, the aforementioned TPU, and support for LPDDR5 RAM, as well as 4G/LTE and 5G sub-6GHz and mmWave cellular connectivity.
Compared to the previous Google Tensor chip, the G2 has the same CPU cores, except it has two A78s instead of two A76s, a boosted GPU and a better TPU. Basically more of the same.
The latest Google Pixel family…phone, earbuds and watch
The Pixel 7 Pro comes with 12GB of RAM, 128/256/512GB of storage, a 6.7-inch display and a body that comes in one of three colors: Snow, Obsidian, and Hazel, meaning white, black, and green. Its little brother with 8GB of RAM, 128/256GB of storage, and a 6.3-inch display comes in Snow, Obsidian, and, uh, Lemongrass.
The Pixel 7 Pro features a triple rear camera system with a 50MP wide-angle lens (f/1.85), a 12MP ultra-wide-angle lens (f/2.2) and a 48MP telephoto lens (f/3.5). ). The front camera is a 10.8 MP (f/2.2) unit.
The Pixel 7 (amateur?) has a dual rear camera system, wide and ultra wide, and the same front camera as the 7 Pro. Both feature Titan M2 security hardware, fingerprint and facial recognition capabilities, and (soon) free access to a built-in VPN that would normally be part of a Google One subscription.
The fine print reads, among other things: “Restrictions apply. Some data is not transmitted via VPN. Not available in all countries.” You have been warned.
Google’s Pixel cameras have various tricks up their sleeves, such as a feature called Guided Frame, which allows people with visual impairments to properly frame themselves for selfies by using audio tones to control photo composition.
Both phones come with Wi-Fi 6E+ support, which coincidentally is something Google is now supporting in its recently announced Nest Wi-fi Pro.
Google says its Direct My Call voice jail automation system has been improved with the new smarts in its phones. For many companies, the service will now predict the voice jail options that will appear when interacting with the company’s automated system, allowing users to navigate the tree of options more efficiently. You may not have asked about this future of automation and counter-automation, but here it is. Enjoy.
Might be handy
The Chocolate Factory also introduced the Google Pixel Watch, which integrates technology from the company’s $2.1 billion Fitbit acquisition last year, a deal that somehow survived antitrust scrutiny by European and US regulators.
The Wear OS-based Pixel Watch (4G LTE + Bluetooth/Wi-Fi for $399 or $349 for Bluetooth/Wi-Fi), explained James Park, CEO and co-founder of Fitbit, “features a beautifully custom-engineered 3D Cover glass that is tough and scratch-resistant, and the curved shape makes it unique and inviting.”
Park suggested that the Pixel Watch would allow wearers to make things like thermostat adjustments through the Google Home app, listen to YouTube music on the go, see notifications from Gmail and Calendar, check out at stores, and pay for transit fees through Google Wallet.
And of course there’s Fitbit’s ability to measure one’s heartbeat and other bio-centric data using machine learning, which is certainly kept very private. Fall detection, coupled with emergency calls, is coming in 2023, so try not to fall over until then.
“The Pixel family is finally coming together,” concluded Osterloh, “a growing portfolio that leverages Google’s cutting-edge AI to understand your needs and make life easier.”
Except for the tablets. That’s next year once it’s approved by the FCC. ®
https://www.theregister.com/2022/10/06/made_by_google_pixel_phones/ Google introduces Pixel 7 phones, related watches and Pixel • The Register